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A story of impact: a NIOSH-funded research study improves safety and health of farm workers and their families.

Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015-175, 2014 Nov; :1-2
Farm workers and their families in rural areas face unique challenges to their health than people who live in cities and towns. Since getting health care in a remote area can be difficult, a rural resident might not be treated in time for a medical emergency or screened for a long-lasting health problem like heart disease or lung cancer. Farming is one of the few industries in which family members, who often share the work and live on the farm, are around work-related dangers such as large machinery, animals, and pesticides. About 1 in 5 people in the United States lives in a rural area. They have a higher chance for a number of preventable injuries and diseases related to working on a farm and living in a rural area. People in rural counties died more frequently from unintentional injuries - 40% more - than people in urban counties. Of the 4,405 work-related deaths in the United States in 2013, 479 occurred in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries. Agricultural production, which includes crop production and livestock production (i.e., farms), accounted for 339 deaths. Because farmers are open to a wide variety of dangers, it can be difficult to identify the cause of work-related injury and illness. Relevant Information: 1) Between 1994 and 2011, the Keokuk County Rural Health Study (KCRHS) enrolled 5,700 individuals representing 2,668 Iowa households with men and women ranging from newborn to 98 years of age who lived in farm, rural nonfarm, and town households. 2) KCRHS supported and provided education for 6 post-doctoral fellows, 17 graduate students, and 5 international trainees. 3) KCRHS has published 48 journal articles. 4) KCRHS research team has maintained partnerships with over 30 organizations and individuals.
Educational-research-centers; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Families; Farmers; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Work-practices; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Disease-prevention; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Education; Training; Health-care; Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-machinery; Animal-husbandry-workers
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2015-175; M112014
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division